Not so fast, Mr Pres­i­dent: Trump's plan for low­er­ing pre­scrip­tion drug prices hits a road­block, as Cana­da bans bulk drug ex­ports

A new rule that took ef­fect Mon­day paves the way for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to ful­fill his promise of let­ting states im­port cer­tain pre­scrip­tion drugs from Cana­da — but our neigh­bor up north is say­ing ‘not so fast.’

On Sat­ur­day, the Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment is­sued new mea­sures to pre­vent bulk ex­ports to the US that could wors­en drug short­ages across the coun­try. Cana­da sources 68% of its drugs in­ter­na­tion­al­ly, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Min­is­ter of Health Pat­ty Ha­j­du. The coun­try has re­peat­ed­ly tak­en the stance that the US’ im­por­ta­tion rule wouldn’t be ef­fec­tive in low­er­ing pre­scrip­tion drug prices, as its own mar­ket is so small.

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